Do it Yourself: Words Beginning with "AUTO"

Learn these 13 words derived from the Greek root "autos," meaning "self." This list was created by using the Dictionary's advanced search, by searching for "auto*."

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  1. autonomy
    political independence
    But now, the country’s political leaders are pressing for a referendum on full independence or at least greatly expanded autonomy.New York Times (Jan 25, 2012)
  2. autonomous
    existing as an independent entity
    Foley's team tested an autonomous diving robot that could search the ocean bottom for hours under its own command.
  3. autobiography
    a book or account of your own life
    In her autobiography, “Living History,” Hillary Clinton described her mother’s childhood as lonely and loveless.Washington Post (Nov 1, 2011)
  4. autocracy
    a theory favoring unlimited authority by an individual
    In some islands hereditary autocracy prevailed; in others the government was elective.Various
  5. autocratic
    characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule
    Autocratic regimes would like much greater governmental control over Internet content.
  6. autocrat
    a cruel and oppressive dictator
    A man cannot be an autocrat and have free people about him.Latham, Rev. Henry
  7. autodidact
    a person who has taught himself
    An autodidact, he was brought up on a Dublin housing estate that sheltered him from too much formal coaching.
  8. autograph
    a person's own signature
    The players, some wearing sunglasses, often sweat more after practice — signing autographs for the fans.Newsweek (Jan 28, 2012)
  9. automate
    operate or make run by machines rather than human action
    Global competition requires manufacturing to be made more efficient and more automated.Washington Post (Jan 13, 2012)
  10. automated
    operated with minimal human intervention
    Global competition requires manufacturing to be made more efficient and more automated.Washington Post (Jan 13, 2012)
  11. automatic
    operating with minimal human intervention
    Automatic payments mean less trouble for companies in going after late payments.Seattle Times (Dec 30, 2011)
  12. automation
    the act of implementing the control of equipment
    U.S. factories boast high productivity thanks to widespread use of automation.
  13. automaton
    a mechanism that can move independently of external control
    Instead, he stood rigidly erect, and reeled off his injurious testimony more like a speaking automaton than a human being.Bindloss, Harold

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